Sunday, July 1, 2007

Thursday’s News……………Spain’s World Heritage Sites Increasing & Bubbles in BCN



Originally posted by Carloz on June, 2007 at http://myspainblog.wordpress.com/


Unesco declares Teide a World Heritage Site! Today UNESCO declared Spain’s Teide National Park a World Heritage Site. A national park since 1954, Teide covers 19,000 hectares of the Canary Island of Tenerife. It inlcudes the higgest peak in Spain and is known for its biological variety and its spectacular geology, such as volcanic cones and lava flows. At 3,715 meters (12,188.3 feet), Teide is the third largest volcano on Earth. Its last eruption was in 1909.

Spain now has 40 World Heritage Sites, including 35 Cultural Sites (such as the Alhambra, the Altamira Cave and Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica and Hospital de Sant Pau) three Natural Sites (the Doñana national park in Andalucía and the Garajonay park on another of the Canary Islands, La Gomera) and two Mixed Sites (the island of Ibiza and the Pyrenees Mountains).

Also added to the World Heritage Site’s list today were locations in China, Gabon, Iraq, Namibia, Slovakia, South Africa, Switzerland, and Ukraine.
Here is a link to the announcement on the official site: http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/359

Next on the list? There has been speuclation in the media that Barcelona’s famous stretch of rambling boulevards, collectively known as Las Ramblas, is being considered as a possible nominee to the list of World Heritage Sites.

In addition, El Periodico de Catalunya reported today that the Spanish Government is considering making a proposal that the Mediterranean Diet receive a World Heritage designation from UNESCO. (Natural? Cultural? Mixed? Boiled? Baked? Grilled?)

Well, whatever designation it does, or does not, receive, the food here is excellent. Here is a link to an article on the Mediterranean Diet: http://www.spain.info/TourSpain/Reportajes/Dieta+Mediterranea.htm?SubSys=FooGen&language=en

Pep Bou’s Bubbles are back! Peb Bou, the Catalan performance artist who has made an art form out of blowing bubbles, is back in Barcelona with his latest show, Claire de Lune. He and accompanist Jordi Masó produce a symbiosis of piano and bubbles to the tunes of Debussy, Blancafort, Séverac, Donostia, Fauré, Mompou and Turina. Here’s a link to his site: http://www.pepbou.com/eng/eng.htm

Responses

By: Colin on June 29th, 2007 at 9:48 am
The closest I have got to Teide so far is to fly past it on the way to Gran Canaria. I’ll be flying past in December (as usual) for my now annual two/three week break - meet ya there???!

By: Carloz on June 29th, 2007 at 11:27 am

Hmmm, sounds nice! But December is a little too far off for me to plan yet.

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